Author Tara Westover on her radical Mormon upbringing, getting into college without schooling, and her bestselling memoir

Conspiracy theories I was born in 1986, the youngest of seven. We lived in a rural part of Idaho (in the United States), in the mountains. My parents were radical Mormons and didn’t believe in a lot of the things that most people take for granted. My dad had a lot of theories about what he called the “Illuminati”, or the new world order, which basically was his idea that there was a nefarious band of people who were taking over the world and he thought that they could infiltrate the government…


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